There are so many reasons why I love the meal kit delivery service, Blue Apron. I rave about it all the time to my friends and family, and it simply makes life easier (for anyone.) I’ve only talked about it like a thousand times on my blog, but guys; I honestly love it and, it’s a big part of my lifestyle.
There are only fifty-two days left until my (first) half-marathon. This is the moment I’ve been training and working so hard for. Seven years ago, I couldn’t run for one minute without wanting to fall over and quit. I used to try and play sick on the P.E. “one mile” days back in high school. They used to make us run one mile around the track twice a year to see how fast we could do it. Don’t ask me how fast I was because I’m pretty sure I paid my mile tracker five bucks and a lunch ticket to help me cheat. Three years ago, I had runner’s knee and Achilles tendonitis so bad I never thought I’d ever run again, but now I’m here, about to run 13.1 miles without stopping. And the craziest part about it? I’m super excited.
Running and lifting weights isn’t the only part of training. It’s the food I eat and the people who support me that make me even stronger. Blue Apron has been a big part of my training process, and I always look forward to a healthy-post workout meal. I took some photos of my post-workout Blue Apron meals from the weekend to show you how I incorporate the meal kit delivery service into my half-marathon training. Not only am I learning how to cook new recipes and cuisines, but I’m fueling my body with all farm-fresh ingredients. Plus, I get to spend more time training and less time making trips to the grocery store. I am usually turned off by making recipes from cookbooks because of all the ingredients it requires. It ends up being cheaper just going to the restaurant, but with Blue Apron, I never have waste or remaining ingredients, and I love that. Saves me money too! 🙂
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I try to make my Blue Apron meals on the days I’m with my boyfriend because he loves them. He’s a very healthy eater, loves working out, and making the meals is something fun we can do together. Blue Apron meals and Dateline NBC have become our go-to weekend date nights.
Last Saturday, my friend Meighan and I stepped up our training. We mapped out a new route with more hills. Sounds fun, right? (wrong) After our run, we were both exhausted. It was only six miles, but the hills were killer, and we decided to step up our time. We usually run the flat trails at a light pace, so this was a great way to push ourselves.
All of that running made me hungry, and I was ready to refuel.
Kyle and I had three Blue Apron meals to choose from on Saturday night. He had just finished a workout at the gym, and we were both starving!
We decided to go with the Tangelo & Honey Glazed Salmon because it sounded delicious, and we were both eager to try farro for the first time. There is always something new to try in each box.
This recipe had very little ingredients for how good it tasted. This dish is something I will make again, and next time I plan on trying it with chicken or pork chops.
My little Blue Apron sous chefs!
We got the meals on Friday afternoon but decided to save it. Blue Apron is shipped in a refrigerated box, so the ingredients stay fresh! We didn’t have to worry about anything going bad.
One of my favorite parts is preparing the ingredients. I’m a very visual person, so it makes it easy that they provide recipe cards. The ingredients are always so fresh, and it’s great that Blue Apron sources their food from quality suppliers and artisans.
I would have never of thought about sauteing apples with salt, pepper, and green onions. This is the type of learning experience I enjoy. Thinking outside of the box is their specialty, and I can’t wait to use these techniques with my recipes. This is why a meal subscription box is ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to cook. If you’re wondering where they get the name “Blue Apron” from, the blue apron is a symbol of lifelong learning in cooking, and it’s worn by chefs in training all around the world.
Nothing better than the sound of sizzling salmon!
I have always baked salmon in the oven, so I loved learning how to cook it on the stovetop. It made the outside crisp and the center perfectly moist.
The honey tangelo sauce glazed the salmon much better on the stovetop.
This meal only took thirty minutes to make! Blue Apron meals can be prepared in forty minutes or less.
I topped the farro with the salmon and sauteed apples. It looked gorgeous!
I poured the honey tangelo glaze leftover in the pan on top of the salmon and farro.
This meal was a great post-workout dish. It was around 600 calories, contained a lot of protein, healthy carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, healthy fat, vitamin d & b12, potassium and so much more! All of their meals fall between 500-800 calories. You never have to worry about going hungry.
We turned on our Saturday night Dateline episode and enjoyed our tasty meal. Every bite was incredible! Though, I wasn’t shocked because every single Blue Apron meal I’ve ever made has been fantastic.
Sunday night was a rest day from running. I typically do my long runs on Saturday and a strength workout + long walk on Sunday.
When I got back from my workouts, Kyle and I made Chicken Yakiniku. I had never heard of the dish before, but I was looking forward to trying it out. The recipe had my heart at garlic rice.
There are some weeks when I do not have time to make Blue Apron because I’m out of town or busy with projects. Blue Apron allows you to skip meals on weeks like that, and it’s very convenient. If you end up not liking the service, you can quit at anytime. There is no commitment.
How delicious does this look? You don’t have to stick to the exact steps, either. I’ve never been a fan of crunchy carrots unless they are soaked in hummus or ranch, so I decided to saute them up with the leftover sauce. They turned out great.
This meal was excellent. I will never cook rice the boring way ever again! Roast garlic in olive oil before cooking up your rice and it’s a complete game changer.
This recipe was a great post-workout meal too!
Blue Apron offers two types of plans! The 2-person plan is perfect because I can make it for my boyfriend and me, or I can make it for myself to eat six days out of the week. If you want more meals or are cooking for a family, you can select the family plan. If you live with a roommate, consider splitting the cost of the subscription. It would be a fun way to bond and cook healthy meals at home. There are new recipes added to the menu each week for you to choose from, so you can customize it. It never gets boring 🙂 I always avoid anything with mushrooms!
I saved my third meal for Monday! I had a running date planned with my mom, and the falafel pitas were the best post-workout dinner.
Mondays are great for my recovery runs. I ran five light miles with absolutely no hills and ended it with a stretch session. I also tried to ice my knees in the ice cold swimming pool. YIKES.
Falafels are something I’ve always wanted to make. I love the way they taste, but they seemed a bit intimidating. I’m now laughing at the thought because they ended up being the easiest recipe I’ve made with Blue Apron yet.
There are a couple ways to recycle your Blue Apron Packaging. I throw most of the boxes and containers in my recycling bin, but you can also return your packaging for free back to Blue Apron via USPS! Learn more here
All you have to do for the falafel mix is mash up the chickpeas with a fork, add the dates, garlic, tahini sauce, salt, pepper, and their provided seasoning. I don’t know why I assumed it was so much harder, or filled with crazy ingredients.
This recipe made eight large falafel patties!
I cooked them right on the stovetop.
The falafels were so tasty, and I loved the sweetness that the dates added. If you take a look at Blue Apron’s vision page, you’ll see that they are working to develop a sustainable system and continue to use high-quality ingredients.
I wrapped my falafel in a lettuce wrap! I’m obsessed with the lettuce wraps right now.
I love that Blue Apron fuels my runs, helps with recovery, and is so convenient. The meals have been a significant part of my training, and I always look forward to my next box. Cooking the meals is something my family and I enjoy together, and I can’t wait to continue! Thank you, Blue Apron for sponsoring this post and always providing me with healthy and fresh meals!
Questions for you!
- What is one recipe that you’ve always wanted to cook, but intimidates you?
- Have you ever used Blue Apron?